How is additionality assessed under Riverse Standard?

The Riverse Standard enables solutions that would not have occurred without revenue from carbon finance. This principle ensures that carbon financing spurs additional action to fight climate change, rather than subsidizing actions that would have happened anyway.

Riverse Carbon Credits cannot be issued for projects that would have occurred regardless of carbon finance. Several types of additionality tests are described below. To demonstrate additionality, all projects must apply

  • Regulatory surplus analysis: Regulatory surplus analysis: Mitigation activities must go beyond what is required by regulations to be eligible for RCCs.

Plus one of the two below

  • Investment analysis: Project Developers may use investment analysis to prove that revenue from carbon finance is necessary to make the project investment a financially viable and interesting option
  • Barrier analysis : Barriers may exist that prevent the mitigation activity from continuing or expanding. These may be financial, institutional, or technological barriers. Project Developers must demonstrate how revenue from carbon finance is necessary to allow projects to over come these barriers.

The Riverse Additionality Template enables Project Developer to demonstrate their additionality.

Our approach is based on BeZero guidelines regarding additionality, which is a leading carbon credit rating agency.